Police: Student shot 2 inside Virginia college
Police said that Neil MacInnis was a New River Community College student who shot two women inside the school's satellite campus.
April 12th, 2013
10:45 PM ET

Police: Student shot 2 inside Virginia college

An 18-year-old student drove to a community college campus located inside a western Virginia mall on Friday, walked in, then opened fire - wounding two women - before being subdued by an off-duty security guard and two police officers, authorities said.

Christiansburg, Virginia, police Chief Mark Sisson identified the suspect Friday night as Neil Allen MacInnis, who he said was a student at New River Community College.

An item on the online forum 4chan - posted at 1:52 p.m. Friday, three minutes before police estimated the shooting began - said it was from Neil MacInnis, who wrote that he goes to the same community college's satellite campus in Christiansburg.

The post urged people to check out an online stream of the New River Valley Public Safety scanner and promised, "I'm gonna give y'all the details because the news never gets it right."

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April 12th, 2013
10:40 PM ET

Police chief left gun out, teen killed self with it

A New Hampshire police chief was cited Friday for improperly storing his service firearm after a teenager used the weapon to commit suicide in the chief's home in March, according to the local prosecutor.

Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons allegedly left his firearm, a .40-caliber Glock 22 pistol, on top of a safe in his bedroom closet on March 11, said Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.

Parsons left the house to run errands, while the boy - the 15-year-old son of the chief's girlfriend - remained in the home.  When Parsons returned, he discovered the boy's body, Reams said.

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Probe reopened in case of teen's alleged rape
Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, struggled emotionally after she was allegedly gang-raped two years ago -- a case authorities initially didn't press charges on, but have since reopened.
April 12th, 2013
10:33 PM ET

Probe reopened in case of teen's alleged rape

Police in eastern Canada announced Friday they "are reopening the investigation involving Rehtaeh Parsons," the 17-year-old who tried to kill herself after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied.

Rehtaeh, a high school student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was taken off life support Sunday, three days after she attempted to hang herself.

The HRM Partners in Policing - which includes Halifax Regional Police and a locally based division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - said in a statement Friday it was reviewing the case "in light of new and credible information that has recently been brought forward to police."

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Filed under: Bullying • Canada • Nova Scotia
April 12th, 2013
01:32 PM ET

Actor Jonathan Winters dead, associate says

Jonathan Winters, the wildly inventive actor and comedian who appeared in such films as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "The Loved One" and played Robin Williams' son on the TV show "Mork & Mindy," has died.

He was 87.

Winters died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California, according to business associate Joe Petro III.

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Filed under: Movies • Obituary • Showbiz • TV
April 12th, 2013
11:03 AM ET

N.C. A&T locked down after armed-person report

North Carolina A&T State University's campus in Greensboro was locked down Friday morning after school police received a report of a person with a weapon on campus, the school said on its website and its Twitter account.

No shots have been fired and no injuries have been reported, according to a school representative.

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CNN poll: 6-year high in U.S. optimism
April 12th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

CNN poll: 6-year high in U.S. optimism

As the stock market continues to show record highs, the number of Americans who say things are going well in the country has reached 50% for the first time in more than six years, according to a new national survey.

But that doesn’t mean the country is entirely out of the woods yet. The CNN/ORC International poll released Friday indicates that an equal 50% say the country is in bad shape.

“The number continues an upward pattern since the summer of last year, when only 35% were optimistic about the country’s conditions,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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April 12th, 2013
07:38 AM ET

Friday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial of Jodi Arias, who's accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - HHS budget hearing - President Obama's proposed budget for next fiscal year continues to be a hot topic on Capitol Hill.  This morning, the Health and Human Services budget will be discussed by the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Filed under: Crime • Justice • On CNN.com today • Politics
April 12th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

Report: Mali refugees get sicker in camp

About 70,000 refugees who fled violence in Mali are living in "appalling" conditions in a camp in the middle of the Mauritanian desert, Doctors Without Borders said Friday.

The situation has only got worse in Mbera camp since French forces entered Mali in January to help local forces take on Islamist militants, the humanitarian group said.

About 15,000 more refugees have flooded into the camp since the fighting, and conditions are so bad there that many who were healthy became ill or malnourished after they arrived.

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April 12th, 2013
07:20 AM ET

Organs of boy shot by playmate donated

Brandon Holt didn't make it to his 7th birthday. He won't graduate high school, won't get married, won't have kids of his own.

But in a way, he will live on.

The father of the Toms River, New Jersey, boy who died earlier this week after being shot by his young playmate said he and his wife decided to donate Brandon's organs, in hopes some good will come of their tragedy.

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Explosive device found in package to Ariz. sheriff
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks next to his wife Ava Arpaio on election night in November.
April 12th, 2013
07:18 AM ET

Explosive device found in package to Ariz. sheriff

Authorities intercepted a suspicious package with explosives that was addressed to tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

U.S. Postal Inspector Andrew Rivas in Flagstaff screened the package Thursday and realized it was suspicious enough to call the local police bomb squad and the FBI.

"We evacuated the post office, got all our employees to safety," Rivas told CNN affiliate KTVK.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Flagstaff police X-rayed the package and neutralized it Thursday night.


Filed under: Arizona • Crime • Joe Arpaio
April 12th, 2013
07:16 AM ET

Explosives found on Taiwan train; 600 evacuated

Authorities in Taiwan say 600 passengers were evacuated from a high-speed train Friday after explosives were found in luggage inside a bathroom.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. train stopped at Hsinchu City after someone found the explosives in two pieces of luggage in a toilet shortly after 9 a.m. local time, according to police.

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April 12th, 2013
07:15 AM ET

3 killed before storms fizzle

A powerful storm that swept across the country will lose its fury Friday and blow out over the Atlantic by day's end, forecasters said.

The weather system stretched from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, and dumped snow in the north central and northeastern United States.

In the Ohio and Mississippi valleys, it poured torrential rain and spawned tornadoes in the Deep South.

The storm took three lives in separate incidents in Missouri, Mississippi and Nebraska.


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Nuclear North Korea unacceptable, Kerry says
April 12th, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Nuclear North Korea unacceptable, Kerry says

[Updated at 9:23 a.m. ET] The United States will talk to North Korea, but only if the country gets serious about negotiating the end of its nuclear weapons program, Secretary of State John Kerry said after arriving Friday in Seoul for talks with U.S. ally South Korea.

"North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power," Kerry said.

His trip to South Korea part of an Asian swing that also includes North Korean ally China comes a day after a Pentagon intelligence assessment surfaced suggesting the country may have developed the ability to fire a nuclear-tipped missile at its foes.

Disclosed first by a congressman at a hearing Thursday and then confirmed to CNN by the Defense Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency assessment is the clearest acknowledgment yet by the United States about potential advances in North Korea's nuclear program.

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